City Directories and History: 1908 – J. J. McLure and J. H. McLure (Joseph H., Attorney @ 141 Main St.), 1940 – John S. Orr, 1958 – J. D. Leitner
The J. J. McLure house was built before 1856 by Jordon Bennett, one of Chester’s early jewelers. It was bought in 1856 by J. J. McLure. The McLure family occupied it for many years. By the late 1950’s it was the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Leitner, a local contractor, who remodeled it by removing the second story porch and adding vents to the facade. The home was used as a Bed and Breakfast lodge for a period in ca. 2006.
The Bennett – McLure home is one of Chester’s finest examples of high style Greek Revival architecture. The porch pediment and freeze details are one of the finest in the region. It’s downtown location and construction on one of Chester’s early roads is a apt reminder of the importance of this dwelling. The Pinckney road led to the Union County, SC court house and jail town of Pinckneyville located on the west side of the Board River. Pinckneyville was to have become an important legal headquarters but fell into disrepair in the 20th century. At one time it could boast of a clock factory, jail, court house, dwelling and a store.
Informative link: Greek Revival Architecture
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